For many years I had dreamed of the day when I could walk out to my own little herb garden to harvest my very own lavender. I would envision myself harvesting lavender, filling baskets and baskets full of this sweetly aromatic herb. While thumbing through a magazine one day I came across some very impressive pictures with fields of lavender, no doubt they were lavender farms! This prompted me to begin planning, not of fields of lavender for myself, but at least a decent sized border row all along one side of our property. You know, much like a farmers tree hedge row, only with lavender.
Fast forward to today and here I am ladies harvesting lavender! Yes, my very own lavender. It’s not a row of lavender yet, but hope does spring eternal that someday it will be. My figuring was that if I didn’t kill these first two plants this year then I’ll buy a few more every year until I finally have that row of lavender.
I harvested two plants of lavender and this is what it yielded. Admittedly it doesn’t look like much. But I am hopeful that I will be surprised by how much it actually amounts to when it is dried.
To make a simple drying rack for the lavender just paint an old picture frame. Next replace the glass with utility wire fencing or even chicken wire could work.
I have hung my drying rack in the kitchen out of the direct sunlight. Not only is it pretty, but it smells fabulous!
Within hours I realised that the lavender was drying fast so I added a t-towel to the bottom of my frame to catch what had already dried.
Within one day I had already harvested a half of a pint of lavender. I am so excited that I now have lavender to use for sugar scrub and sachet that I want to make for gifts. I hope that this inspires you to add lavender to your herb garden. It is so fragrant, so pretty and so easy to harvest!
Blessings to all-Kimberly
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